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Spatial Patterns Of Municipal Annexation And The Impact On The Cost Of Police Services, Kyle B. Demaria Apr 2015

Spatial Patterns Of Municipal Annexation And The Impact On The Cost Of Police Services, Kyle B. Demaria

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In cities with ample space to expand, municipal annexation is a versatile urban growth management tool because it can direct the location of future land development and population growth. However, limited research has addressed the cost of providing public services, specifically police services, in cities which have undergone varying spatial forms of municipal annexation. In this thesis, I test the hypothesis that there are costs associated with increasingly spatially fragmented forms of annexation. I perform regression analysis on two spatial descriptors of non-compact boundaries using a national sample of 119 United States cities for the period 1990 to 2010. The ...